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Yuji Horii

A Game Designer for Enix and Square Enix

Yuji Horii

Yuji Horii is a Japanese video game designer best known as the co-creator of the Dragon Quest series (along with character designer Akira Toriyama and music composer Koichi Sugiyama). At a time when console RPGs were virtually non-existent, Dragon Quest revolutionized the genre and triggered a gaming explosion in Japan, with other RPGs such as Final Fantasy following its wake.

The resemblance is uncanny

Horii graduated from Waseda University's Department of Literature. He also worked as a freelance writer for magazines, newspapers, and comics. He placed in an Enix-sponsored game programming contest with a tennis computer game, motivating him to become a game designer. After creating two simple game designs, his inspiration from American RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons led him to create Dragon Quest. Everything from the story, dialog, and even the rough ideas for the monsters come from him. He is often referred to as the first video game author.12

Notes
  1. Dragon Quest Shrine

  2. Wikipedia

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1986
Dragon Quest
Nintendo Entertainment System
Chunsoft
1987
Dragon Quest II
Nintendo Entertainment System
Enix
1988
Dragon Quest III
Nintendo Entertainment System
Enix
1990
Dragon Quest IV
Nintendo Entertainment System
Enix
1992
Dragon Quest V
Super NES
Enix
1995
Chrono Trigger
Super NES
Square
Dragon Quest VI
Super NES
Heartbeat
2000
Dragon Quest VII
PlayStation
Enix
2004
Dragon Quest VIII
PlayStation 2
Square Enix
2005
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
2007
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors
Wii
Genius Sonority
2009
Dragon Quest IX
Nintendo DS
Level-5

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